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Pope Francis in the Salento: here`s where to meet him

C’is great anticipation for the visit of Pope Francis in the Salento. The 20 April, for the 25th anniversary of the death of Bishop Tonino Bello, pope Francis will be to Molfetta and Alessano to pay tribute to the late bishop of salento, the president of Pax Christi and a witness of the “conviviality of differences,” which is being a cause for the beatification of the Catholic Church. A piece of news that has sparked l’enthusiasm of the faithful, ready to leave from every part of Puglia to greet the Pontiff, ten years after the visit of Pope Benedict XVI in santa Maria di Leuca. 

AT what time will the Pope Francis in Puglia? Where to meet him? What will be his route?

To welcome Pope Bergoglio will be the Bishop of Ugento S. Maria di Leuca, Bishop Vito Angiuli, and Bishop Domenico Cornacchia, Bishop of Molfetta: before reaching the Salento, in fact, the Pontiff will be in the town of bari, where Don Tonino Bello was a Bishop and where he died in 1993.

This is his day, with the program of the pastoral visit issued by the Vatican Press office:

After the departure by plane from Rome Ciampino airport, Pope Francis will arrive 8.20 am at the military airport of Galatina; from here you will continue by helicopter to Alessano. The arrival to Alessano is scheduled for 8: 30 in the parking lot adjacent to the cemetery where he was buried Don Tonino Bello.

The Holy Father was welcomed by the diocesan bishop mons. Vito Angiuli, and by the Mayor of Alessano Francesca Torsello stop so in private on the tomb of don Tonino and after greeting the family of the prelate, he will meet the faithful in the square in front of the cemetery.

To meet the Pope, therefore, must be to Alessano, already early in the morning: around 9 we will be greeting of the bishop Vito Angiuli and mayor of the city of Alessano Francesca Torsello, which will be followed by the long awaited greeting of the Pope to the faithful, always on the square in front of the cemetery.

The visit of the Pontiff will continue at 9.30 am (in the helicopter) at the time of Molfetta where, at 10.15, will be welcomed by the bishop of the diocese mons. Domenico Cornacchia and by the Mayor of the city, mr Thomas Minervini, in the port area of the Cathedral. At 10.30 there will be a Concelebration of the eucharist with the participation of all the bishops of puglia and the homily of Pope Francis.

At 12, the Pope will resume at the time of the Heliport of the vatican, where it will arrive around 13.30.

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